Distance Learning Comes to Afghanistan. ‘A San Francisco Bay Area-based group has launched a unique educational program that will improve literacy for children in rural areas of Afghanistan via satellite television. The program, known as Master Teachers by Satellite for Afghanistan, is supported by good-hearted Americans, some of whom were born in Afghanistan.
Beginning in March 2007, satellite television courses will supplement the standard school curriculum for Afghan boys and girls. The classes will be designed for children in the first through third grade. Mulla Nasrudin, a beloved national comic character, as well as Sesame Street-style programming, will be used to help the children learn.’
Master Teachers by Satellite for Afghanistan. MISSION: To supply by satellite television an elementary school & literacy education for every little girl and a little boy in Afghanistan who does not have a regular school, including in rural areas where distance and dangerous conditions still obtain, and to provide literacy training for adults who desire it. The literacy and elementary school curriculum will be broadcast 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, 40 weeks a year, in both Pashto and Dari, and be as much as possible like a real school experience.